To view the Statement Released and Signed by the National Urban League and Affiliate Leaders please click HERE.
The Broome County Urban League joins with our colleagues nationwide and millions across the country in expressing outrage at the brutal killing of George Floyd. We also extend our deepest sympathy to his family. At this time I, along with many community leaders and colleagues nationwide call upon local, state and federal officials to bring those responsible to justice.
I am not sure if anything that is being said can actually be heard right now especially because many of us cannot get the image of Mr. Floyd on the ground with a knee on his neck, while cuffed in broad daylight, while other officers sat and watched, out of our minds.
But we cannot be a society that will just sit back and watch. We also cannot lose focus on the message we must send. We can not tolerate intolerance! We also cannot condone the intentional damage to property that is happening. In addition, we must make sure that we protect and empower our young boys, young women and men of color and our entire community. The color of someone’s skin should not make them an easy target. Our young boys, young women and men need to know that they have the right to be heard not that they have the right to remain silent.
While the Broome County Urban League stands together in solidarity with the thousands engaged in peaceful protest of Mr. Floyd’s killing, we also ask those responding with violence to please stop. The pain that may provoke these actions is understandable, but violence and putting yourselves and your safety at risk, only takes attention away from the tragedy of Mr. Floyd’s death and the action we must take to stop this racist violence.
We must do better! Our future and the future of our children and youth depends on it.
With Peace and Solidarity,
Jennifer Lesko, CEO